Adjective "intense" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of extreme force, degree, or strength.
  1. 'the heat was intense'
  2. 'Instead of looking at the sea, he found himself at the boulevard, his eyes being stung by the intense ferocity and strength of the pounding gust.'
  3. 'They rushed to the blazing aircraft, but were forced back by the intense heat.'
  4. 'Late in the afternoon of April 8, after days of intense pressure, Union forces made a decisive breakthrough at Spanish Fort.'
  5. 'He tried to get into the bedroom four times to reach the youngster before he too, was forced back by the intense heat and smoke.'
  6. 'Judged simply by radio traffic volume, the degree of surveillance is intense.'
  7. 'For weeks, the Syrians have been uprooting their troops and tanks, forced to withdraw under intense international and Lebanese pressure.'
  8. 'Key experiences afterwards are degrees of intense inner stillness and to a lesser extent joy in simply being (rather than doing).'
  9. 'Using ESI, an intense electric field forces the liquid sample into a fine mist of tiny, highly charged droplets.'
  10. 'Temperatures reached the mid-nineties on Wednesday and the heat index soared past 105 degrees with intense humidity levels.'
  11. 'Ian dropped the man and fell back onto the road, shielding his face with his hands from the intense heat and force of the blasts.'
  12. 'a phase of intense activity'
  13. 'Glutamate is an important neurotransmitter in the brain, and can be released in large amounts during intense neural activity.'
  14. 'The armed men had forced their way into the shrine on Tuesday, after hours of intense fighting with Israeli forces.'
  15. 'Dutch researchers said recently that regular moderate exercise can burn energy and help shed those extra pounds or kilos more than short infrequent bursts of intense activity.'
  16. 'There was intense behind-the-scenes activity in Strasbourg last night as political groups tried to reach a compromise before the report is debated today.'
  17. 'One by-product was even more intense co-production activity, since the Arts Council encouraged, nay insisted, on partnership funding.'
  18. 'She credits her intense training routine of strength, cardiovascular and flexibility exercises with minimizing her symptoms.'
  19. 'If your activity is more intense - a marathon, say, or a big climb - you have a greater need for a full recovery.'
  20. 'There was intense activity during the week and we're already seeing the results of that.'
  21. 'The announcement, made by junior agriculture minister Baroness Hayman in the House of Lords, followed a day of intense activity after the disease was confirmed at an Essex abattoir.'
  22. 'Its very success, however, triggers new and intense activity among opponents who see in her a foe whose defeat will require their most determined efforts.'
Having or showing strong feelings or opinions; extremely earnest or serious.
  1. 'a burning and intense look'
  2. 'Playing basketball, football, and baseball, the intense young man graduated from high school in St. Pete in 1959.'
  3. 'Brendan Barrington exudes vibrant enthusiasm, he is intense, thoughtful and passionate about his creation.'
  4. 'He is taller and rangier than he looks on screen - he is almost six foot - and far more intense and serious than when he is playing someone else.'
  5. 'Don't be too intense, be serious but good natured if possible.'
  6. 'On the one hand he's very enthusiastic and intense and can be serious, but he's also such a laugh, and so expressive that he wins you over.'
  7. 'You can be intense and serious in personal relationships while a light and playful attitude would be happier and healthier.'
  8. 'As for the lyrics on the new album, they are mostly serious and intense, dealing with childhood, fate, privilege, and making the most of youth.'
  9. 'A few years ago, hitchhiking from Inverness to London, I was given a lift by an intense young man who turned out to be an Icelandic concert pianist.'
  10. 'On stage he is a strong performer, who is passionate, intimate, intense and impossible to ignore.'
  11. 'Listening to this intense young man, there is little doubt he has done things the hard way; no favours doled out and none asked for.'


1. existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree: intense heat.

2. acute, strong, or vehement, as sensations, feelings, or emotions: intense anger.

3. of an extreme kind; very great, as in strength, keenness, severity, or the like: an intense gale.

4. having a characteristic quality in a high degree: The intense sunlight was blinding.

5. strenuous or earnest, as activity, exertion, diligence, or thought: an intense life.

6. exhibiting a high degree of some qual

More examples(as adjective)

"pressures can be intense in places."

"tradings can be intense by ends."

"speculations can be intense in/at/on years."

"competitions can be intense over years."

"competitions can be intense in markets."

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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin intensus ‘stretched tightly, strained’, past participle of intendere (see intend).